Filip Jovanovski explores different media and their interdisciplinary connection – theatre, video, film and spatial installations. His artworks are transformations of political and social categories into spatial pictures. Filip Jovanovski is a visual artist and civil activist. He graduated from the Faculty of Architecture, Skopje, in 2010 and completed his postgraduate studies at the Faculty of Fine Arts Department, Skopje, in 2012. He has participated in several solo and group exhibitions.
“The poetics of the work [The Trees Remember!], or the aesthetic is realized through interrelation of the text and the object as a monument’s performance – as a liminal space. This work is a segment of a multi-layered durational project by Filip Jovanovski, which relates to the issue of public space and civic participation in its (re)forming.”
Filip Jovanovski (1979, Bitola / Skopje) is a visual artist and cultural worker.
He graduated at the Faculty of Architecture in Skopje. He holds MA degree in painting from the Faculty of Fine Arts in Skopje. He often uses a curatorial approach in his works and creates socially engaged and interdisciplinary art projects, involving work with different communities, such as the projects “If Buildings Could Talk” and CAC (Center for Art and Culture) TEXTILE in Shtip.
Jovanovski has held many solo exhibitions in the country and abroad, and participated in many group exhibitions. His project “This Building Talks Truly”, curated by Ivana Vaseva, which represented North Macedonia at the 2019 Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space won the prestigious Golden Triga for best exposition. He was one of the authors of the Macedonian pavilion titled “Freeing Space”, which was presented at the 2018 Venice Biennale for Architecture.
He has made about 20 stage designs for theater plays, video and documentary projects and won several awards, including the award for best stage design at the “Vojdan Chernodrinski” festival in Prilep (2010, co-author), Special Architecture Award from the Association of Architects of Macedonia (2014, co-author), winner of the Young Visual Art Award DENES (2013), Ladislav Barišić Award by AICA – Macedonia for a research project (2015, co-author), etc. Since 2007, he is the artistic director of the AKTO Festival for Contemporary Arts in Bitola and is co-managing the organization for art and culture “Faculty of things that can’t be learned (FR~U)”.
The Trees Remember! is a research study in process, which starts with this action of “remembering” the history of the city (and the world) through the memory of the trees. With this action we start building an archive of the trees’ memories, an archive of the violence and destruction of the public space in the city. This action starts at the park near the Bristol Hotel, the place where we can still hear the “shriek” of the fallen trees, the sound of the chainsaws, we can see the shadow of the faces of the arrested peaceful citizens on the armored vehicles of the special task force units – the trees remember all of this. Our society forgets, keeps forgetting, and it is our job to collectively remember so that we can move forward, without forgetting our solidarity and struggle for public spaces.
This Building Talks Truly is a performative installation of the history of Skopje in the scale of 1:100, which received First Prize at the 2019 Prague Quadrennial. The work of Filip Jovanovski, a visual artist and activist who transforms political and social categories into artistic spatial pictures and advocates the preservation of the importance of the public and of public space, combines different forms of scenography: space, stage, exposition, memory, community and communication.
Lokomotiva, partner in the European project ACT: Art, Climate, Transition, invited Filip Jovanovski, a visual artist and cultural worker who works on socially engaged and interdisciplinary art projects that include working with different communities, cultures, politics and institutions – to be part of the residency in Ljubljana, at the second edition of Summer Lab Program, organized by Bunker.